End of the line for cocaine commuters

FOUR men who used trains to transport cocaine between London and Eastbourne have been jailed after a British Transport Police investigation.

Detectives launched an inquiry after receiving intelligence that suggested very large quantities of Class A drugs were being ferried between London and the south coast via the rail network.

After making a number of background enquiries, investigators were able to establish that Jeremy Sampson was one of the key players, before then identifying and arresting group members and Eastbourne men Robert Jury, Nasser Hossein and Nader Ashkani.

The court heard the drugs estimated to have been moved on and sold as part of this conspiracy had a street value of £1.3 million.

Sampson, Jury and Nasser Hossein were jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court at the beginning of September and Ashkani

Sampson, 25 and from London, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May and November 2010 and was jailed for 11 years.

Jury, 38, of Upper Avenue, Eastbourne, also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment.

Hossein, 34, of Sorrel Drive, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and to allowing his premises to be used for the supply of controlled drugs, was jailed for three years.

Ashkani, 36, of Southfields Road appeared at the same court on Monday this week and was jailed for six-and-a-half years for his part in the conspiracy.

He was also handed a further seven-and-a-half years for separate charges of causing grievous bodily harm in Eastbourne in November 2010. Both sentences will run consecutively.

Detective Sergeant John Wolstenholme, the investigating officer said, “I hope this case serves as a strong reminder of the fact that if you intend to use the railways to transport drugs there is a good chance you will be arrested and brought to justice.”